Journal article

An overview of ecological traps in marine ecosystems

Stephen E Swearer, Rebecca L Morris, Luke T Barrett, Michael Sievers, Tim Dempster, Robin Hale

FRONTIERS IN ECOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT | WILEY | Published : 2021

Abstract

Humans are altering marine ecosystems at unprecedented rates, and these changes can result in animals selecting poor-quality habitats if the cues they use become misleading. Such “ecological traps” increase extinction risk, reduce ecosystem resilience, and are a consequence of human-induced rapid environmental change. Although there is growing evidence for traps impacting terrestrial species, the phenomenon has so far received little attention from marine scientists. To explore why so few studies have attempted to identify traps in the ocean, we conducted a literature review of the major drivers of marine environmental change to determine how their impacts on habitat choice and species fitne..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

We thank E Fobert for assistance with the literature review. We acknowledge support from the Australian Research Council (LP140100343: SES and RH; FT140100383: TD) and The Global Wetlands Project (MS). This is a publication of the National Centre for Coasts and Climate, funded through The Earth Systems and Climate Change Hub by the Australian Government's National Environmental Science Program.